The IDF has appointed a Druse officer for the first time as commander of the Golani Brigade.

Col. Rasan Alian will take up command of the infantry brigade, as part of a series of appointments made by IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz.

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Alian’s military career blossomed in the Golani Brigade, where he was commander of Battalion 51, then the Reconnaissance Battalion, and eventually, deputy commander of the brigade.

He also served in the Kfir Brigade as commander of the Duhifat Battalion. His most recent role was commander of the 36th Division on the Golan Heights.

Other appointments include Col. Ori Gordin as commander of the Nahal infantry brigade, and Col. Y as commander of the Israel Air Force’s Active Defense Division. The appointments require approval from Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon.

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